About Laurel

some say there is a touch of madness
How to Survive a Hot Flash – Salvation Café, Newport
No Shame- Joe Papp Public Theater, NYC
Coup De Tate Cabaret- Mc-something? – NYC
It Don’t Mean A Thing- Don’t Tell Mama NYC
If I Had an Eggroll- Chinese Restaurant, Middlebury Vermont
Clyde has a Life, too- Great Falls Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont
My Buddy- Camilles, Federal Hill, Providence
Miss Fit- Redwood Library, Newport, RI
If You Don’t Mind Me Saying So- Bean, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Pill Head- Right Bank, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Caged Bird- Russian Tea Room, NYC
Who’s Afraid of Laurel Casey?- Salvation Café, Newport
Is That a Clam in my Chowder?- Muriel’s, Newport
Freak-Out- Sleepy Hollow Country Club, NY (Dick Cheney gun incident)
Pie in Your Face– Biltmore, Providence
Performance Art- Offstage
Examples:
Wearing garbage bag to opening of over priced clothingstore
Street corner comic lectures
Infiltration of street fairs, gallery openings, town meetings, etc. dressed as a participant
Environmental Installation: standing in town square covered with weeds and algae from Lake Champlain
Traffic problems: Dressed as traffic light and directed traffic with green, yellow and red lights in Middlebury.
Jazz Singer with Trio
L’Hibiscus- St. Bart’s
Asterix and Obelix- Newport
El Bico- Boston
The Rat Pack- Farmington, Ma
Hilton- Bangkok
Hilton- Berlin
Doris Duke’s Birthday Parties- Newport
Margaritaville- New Orleans
Dozens of second rate clubs across the country
Theater
Equity Actress with Asolo State Theater, Goodman, Wooly Mammoth, Royal Tyler theater, Louisville Rep. (list of roles on request)
Word Installations
On-going installations of short comments or one word in windows facing busy intersections
Sarasota, Florida, Newport, RI, Middlebury, Vermont
Examples: “She Knows” “You are Not your Car” “Why not try it?” etc. (see Laurelcaseytime.com: Middlebury Landlord Squelches Word Installation Project
EDUCATION, GRANTS, FELLOWSHIP
M.F.A. Acting Program, F.S.U 1985
Fellow- Middlebury College Breadloaf Writer’s Conference- 1989
Fellow- Eugene O’Neill Cabaret Symposium, summer 1993
Sanford Meisner-Neighborhood Playhouse, NYC 1988

I feel very privileged that musicians I work with don’t refer to me as a “female vocalist.” These guys are among the finest jazz pianists in the country.

More about Laurel Casey

Laurel Casey was born in Middlebury, Vermont, to a phone repairman who sang to her in the living room, old swing tunes by Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller.

After getting degrees in acting in Vermont and at Florida State University, Casey moved to New York. She worked off-Broadway and did regional theater in a number of cities, but the money never flowed the way she needed it to. She took side jobs, working as a reporter for a radio station, a columnist for the New York Press, a nude model, a bathroom attendant, and, of course, a waitress. She did her cabaret shows to make money on the side, but there was rarely enough money.

EDUCATION

M.F.A. Program, Asolo Conservatory of Acting, Florida State University 1984
M.A. Program, Drama Therapy, Hunter College, NYC 1993
Acting- Sanford Meisner, Tim Philips, NYC
Breadloaf Writers Conference- Fellowship for Fiction 1996 Middlebury College

2 thoughts on “About Laurel

    • I think I went in to see if I could be a stripper, but they turned me down and offered me the more discreet position.

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